This Friday Bill Cosby will have to answer questions about an alleged attack on a 15-year-old girl, but his sworn testimony won’t be public—for a little while at least.
The ruling, issued Wednesday, was in response to a motion from Cosby’s legal team seeking to dismiss a civil suit filed by Judy Huth, a woman who says she was a teenager when Cosby drugged and raped her at the Playboy Mansion.
Now the deposition, which will reportedly be videotaped, is set for Friday. But the judge also decided Cosby’s responses—his first time talking about the allegations under oath since his explosive 2005 deposition—will stay sealed until at least December.
The two sides are now likely to spend the next two months negotiating which parts of the deposition will be sealed. Those sections they cannot agree on they will put before Judge Karlan in December.
The judge’s order would restrict not only what could be disseminated to the media but also what could be entered into the public record in court if the case were to come to trial, experts said.
Until then, the case promises to be a good old-fashioned Los Angeles celebrity lawyer death match: Huth’s attorney, press conference queen Gloria Allred, and Cosby’s lawyer, Ray Donovan villain Marty Singer, have been having a delightfully arch back-and-forth.
“He’s been tried in the media, and that’s the issue here,” Singer reportedly complained of Allred’s full-court press press.
“I do think as an attorney I have a right to inform the public if I think there’s a danger to the public of a predator,” Allred reportedly responded.